Phoebe's Restaurant & Coffee Lounge

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For dinner, Phoebe’s Restaurant & Coffee Lounge is enticingly arranged and delicious-tasting fine dining, just around the corner from Syracuse University on East Genesee Street. Prior to noon, Phoebe’s is a cozy coffee lounge. If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere, you can order your favorite Phoebe’s specialty to go. A Syracuse tradition, which has been around since 1976, Phoebe’s offers something for everyone, as well as for every meal of the day.

When to Go: Phoebe’s coffee lounge is open at 8 a.m. on weekdays, and the dining room opens at 11:30 a.m. every day but Sunday. When to go depends on what type of experience you desire. The atmosphere inside Phoebe’s is part of what makes it special, so going for a romantic dinner or special occasion is definitely an option you should not miss. For evenings out, it's best to make a reservation. Closing hours vary on an almost nightly basis. The bottom line: While Phoebe’s has something to offer at 8 a.m., do not miss out on a dinner there.

On Tap: Phoebe’s completes the fine-dining experience with a variety of wines and beers. While there is a decent selection of wine by the glass, the list of wines by the bottle is impressive for this hidden treasure. The selection of beer on the menu is more limited, but Phoebe’s is definitely more of a wine establishment. Phoebe’s also has a full bar. The bottom line: Chances are you can get exactly what you want to drink.

Blue Plate Special: While Phoebe’s French onion soup and creme brulee are listed among its specialties, you can’t go wrong with its artistic dinner creations. The variety may make it hard to choose just one item, so don’t be afraid to try out an appetizer and steal a couple of bites from around the table. As for pricing, you should expect to pay around $10 for an appetizer and $20 for an entree. The bottom line: There are many mouth-watering options.

The Scene: The atmosphere at Phoebe’s is both relaxed and refined. The dining rooms are set up beautifully and are complemented by plants and skylights, creating an open and natural feel. The cafe and coffee lounge rooms are cozier, with couches and chairs to encourage drinking your morning coffee while having an intimate conversation. A bonus to the coffee lounge is free Wi-Fi. Even the bar at Phoebe’s is delightful. The bottom line: Every room in Phoebe’s is beautiful, and the décor will support whatever experience you desire.

The Crew: Whether you are there for fine dining or takeout, the staff at Phoebe’s will make you feel welcome. Takeout may result in a wait, though. The bottom line: The crew is happy to serve you however you would like to be served at Phoebe’s.

The Crowd: Located close to the SU campus, Phoebe’s is frequented by university students and Syracuse natives alike. Although a full meal gets a bit pricey for a student’s typical Saturday night, Phoebe's location near campus encourages those who are skeptical to try it out. You can make it a romantic experience, grab takeout for lunch or make a cozy stop for coffee. The bottom line: Phoebe’s has a different crowd depending on when you go.

The Deets: The food is delicious and delicately arranged. The setup is exceptional, and the drink selections, from the coffee to the bar, are complete. Dinner entrees are in the $20-$30 range, so when adding appetizers, dessert or wine, be prepared to pay for a night out. Phoebe’s is close enough to campus that those without a car can walk without inconvenience. The bottom line: If you are looking for a fine-dining experience just a few blocks from campus, Phoebe’s is a spot you can’t miss. 

Review by Sara Hiller


900 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 475-5154

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